Nancy Shelton Worrell

September 4, 2021

Nancy Shelton Worrell, 76, of Charlotte, NC died peacefully on September 4, 2021 surrounded by her family. Nancy was born on January 1, 1945, at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana to Gustavious Adolphus Shelton and Mary Montgomery Shelton. She was a graduate of Longwood College, where she majored in Elementary Education. Following graduation, Nancy taught elementary school in Richmond, Virginia.

Nancy grew up in Danville, Virginia and later moved to Richmond, where she met James R. Worrell Sr. On December 28, 1968, Nancy married Jim and have been married for 52 years. After a brief time in Columbia, SC, they moved to Charlotte where they would raise their two children.

Nancy was the epitome of class and graciousness. She was kind, patient and forgiving. Nancy always had a smile on her face and truly delighted in other people’s happiness. She loved spending time with friends and family and always went out of her way to make people feel welcome. Nancy was most proud of her two children and four grandchildren. She often commented that her grandchildren were “the light of her life”. Nancy happily split her time between her Charlotte home and the family beach house on Figure Eight Island. She loved traveling with friends, playing bridge, reading, collecting shells and watching sunsets at the beach.

In addition to her husband, Jim, Nancy is survived by her children, James Richard Worrell, Jr. and his wife, Alanna of Charlotte, and Christie Alexander and her husband, Boaty of Hendersonville, NC; four grandchildren, James Richard Worrell, III, Harris Leland Worrell, Montgomery Spotswood Alexander and Richard Boatwright Alexander, III; brother, Gustavious Adolphus “Gus” Shelton and her pet Welsh Pembroke Corgi, Isabella “Izzy”.

Nancy and Jim were long-time members of Myers Park Presbyterian Church where a private memorial service will be held on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 11:00 AM. The family invites you to join them virtually at

Memorials may be sent to the Allegro Foundation...a Champion for Children with Disabilities, 419 Ardmore Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209.

Arrangements are in the care of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared at


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  • Sherry McKee Byrd

    Nancy was such a wonderful person; and she touched so many lives. I know she touched mine. I just wish I’d known her better. It may have been years since our last phone call, but you always felt as though no time had passed in between. I’ll forever cherish my wonderful childhood memories of reunions at Aunt Jewel’s house in Danville, VA, and more recently, the bittersweet ones at my sister’s funeral and at my mother’s. She really loved my mother, and I take solace in the knowledge that they are together, along with all the beloved souls who have gone on before. Nancy, I miss you so much, and I love you.

  • Molly Ward

    Christie and Richard,
    Nancy is a light that shines in all who were blessed by her grace. I consider the time with her a cherished point in my life. I am sorry for your loss and the loss of time with her for your children. I will always remember her while preparing my home for a week full of beach fun and the endless supply of sandwich meat =)

  • Suzy Johnson

    My condolences on your great loss. Nancy was a bright light and so supportive of all of her friends and family. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • Donna Dodson and Rita Stallings

    Jim and Family, we were so sorry to hear about Nancy's passing. She was just a beautiful soul. We hope you can find peace knowing she is in a better place with all of her love ones that have passed before her.
    We are here for you anytime you need us.
    We love you all,
    Donna and Rita

  • Jim Harris

    My sincere condolences to Jim, children, grandchildren and families. Its been a long time since you, Jim, conveyed that infamous washing machine upon Carolyn and I.
    Jim UR SBA 1968

  • Sue Tompkins Cardarella

    Jim and family, my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Nancy. She was the epitome of grace, charm and beauty - inside and out. Praying for all of you and sending you love and light during your time of remembrance.

  • Brian and Amy Plyler

    Dear Jim, Richard, Alanna, Rich, Harris, Christie, Boaty, Monty and Wright,

    Brian and I were so very sorry to hear about Nancy. She was indeed a kind and gracious lady - so warm and welcoming to both of us every time our paths crossed; and she always let me know how appreciative she was of how I cared for Rich. Knowing how important her grandchildren were to her made that especially meaningful to me. I really enjoyed spending time with Nancy when we shared caregiving duties for the boys during business trips, and I will forever have fond memories of her hosting the annual Christmas cookie gathering. Sending our heartfelt sympathies and prayers for you all,

    Brian and Amy Plyler


    Dear family, I cannot believe Nancy is gone but find solace in thinking she's with all her loved ones who passed before her. They will take care of Nancy. She was always so special to me and although she was only a few years older, I looked up to her. She was one remarkable woman who so loved her family! I regret that we didn't get to spend time together in recent years but Nancy will always be in my heart. I have so many wonderful memories of growing up with Nancy in that wonderful extended Shelton family! I miss them all! Love, Jewell

  • Leo Tucker

    Nancy was absolutely first class in everything she did. When I was new in my career and out of my depth she went out of her way to make me and my wife feel comfortable. She was the definition of awesome.

  • Barbara Hof

    You inspired all of us to be better people.
    I will truly miss my dear friend.
    Lil' Barb